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  • Nearly Half of TSA Employees Cited for Misconduct [semi-satire]

    07/24/2016 8:07:29 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 July 2016 | John Semmens
    According to a report from the House Homeland Security Commission, nearly half of the TSA’s 60,000 employees have been cited for misconduct in recent years. The trend is not encouraging either. Citations have increased by 28% over the last two years. The top five offenses include unaccounted for absences, failure to follow instructions, improper screening & security, neglect of duty, and disruptive behavior. TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger sought to downplay the issue by pointing out that “despite unmanned posts, inappropriate groping petty theft, and abusive behavior by our employees no flights have been hijacked on my watch.. To me, these...
  • Almost Half of All TSA Employees Have Been Cited for Misconduct

    07/20/2016 3:07:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Condé Nast Traveler ^ | July 14, 2016 | Katherine LaGrave
    The Transportation Security Administration's woes continue. Despite the Transportation Security Administration's ten-point action plan to reduce long lines at airports across the country, lengthy queues remain. Now, the TSA's summer may be getting even worse: According to a recent report from the House Homeland Security Commission entitled "Misconduct at TSA Threatens the Security of the Flying Public", nearly half of the TSA’s 60,000 employees have been cited for misconduct in recent years. The bad news doesn't stop there. Citations have increased 28.5 percent from 2013 to 2015, and in 2015, the average U.S. airport received 58 complaints each year—more than...
  • Philippines' Palawan named World’s Best Island for the second time

    07/18/2016 6:20:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Gulf News Destinations ^ | July 18, 2016
    An island province in the Philippines likened by Hollywood A-listers as "Emerald City" and "the most beautiful place" on the planet has been named the world's best island yet again. Palawan first received the distinction in 2013 after being voted the "Best Island in the World" on international magazine Travel & Leisure. This year, Palawan topped the list with a score of 93.71. Voters described Palawan as “every beach lover’s dream destination.” Palawan is known for its crystal blue waters, amazing dive spots, and a plethora of picturesque views. No wonder the island paradise has drawn a string of Hollywood...
  • Fun-Hating Socialist Magazine Jacobin Says PokemonGo Must Be Destroyed

    07/16/2016 9:55:40 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Reason ^ | July 14, 2016 | Robby Soave
    Marxists of the 21st century (not an oxymoron; they exist) have identified a new threat to the glorious proletariat revolution: PokemonGo. Of course, this is par for the course. The Soviet Union banned The Lord of the Rings. Leftist hero (and murderous thug) Che Guevara worked to suppress Jazz music in communist Cuba. The People's Republic of China censored Back to the Future because the regime thought that time travel undermined law and order. And on and on. Now Marxist sympathizers at the socialist magazine Jacobin think the new Pokemon-themed iPhone app—which is currently being enjoyed by millions of people...
  • What’s Lurking in Your Beach's Water?

    07/15/2016 2:08:43 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies
    WebMD Health News ^ | July 14, 2016 | Brenda Goodman
    Brian Parrott can’t watch news reports about what happened to him. He can still barely believe it. Parrott, a 50-year-old security guard, went to a Galveston, TX, beach with his son and grandchildren on a recent Sunday afternoon. He went to work as usual on Monday, but by Tuesday, he was running a fever and his right leg had turned red. On Wednesday, his leg was covered in oozing blisters. On Thursday, when he finally went to the emergency room, doctors told him he could lose his leg or his life.
  • Bahamas Issues Travel Advisory to the US Following Shootings

    07/09/2016 1:43:53 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | July 8, 2016 | The Associated Press
    The Bahamas on Friday issued a rare travel advisory for any of its citizens visiting the United States, recommending that young men in particular take care in cities affected by recent tensions over police shootings. A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns visitors to "exercise appropriate caution" in light of recent episodes involving police officers and black men. It also advises people not to get involved in demonstrations and to avoid crowds.
  • Cheap Gas’ Latest Victim is Fuel Economy

    07/08/2016 9:42:09 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 9 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 08-07-2016 | Irina
    Falling prices at the pump have given motorists reason to rejoice continuously over the last year and a half, but they’re not good news for everyone. At least, not for the people who are about fuel economy. The latest sales-weighted fuel economy ratings report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute revealed that in June, the value of the indicator was 25.3 miles per gallon, down from 25.4 mpg in May. Now, that’s not a huge dip, as Road Show author Andrew Krok notes, but it follows a pattern of declining fuel economy that parallels the decline in gas...
  • 5 people most likely to ruin your beach vacation

    07/08/2016 12:52:31 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | July 7, 2016 | Catey Hill
    The only thing wrong with your beach vacation may be the people you have to share it with. The majority of people take an annual beach trip — 56% took one in the past year and 58% say they plan to do it in the coming year, according to a recent survey of more than 11,100 people released by travel site Expedia — and they shell out a lot of cash when they take them. Fully 40% of people say they will spend between $1,001 and $3,000 dollars on their next beach trip and another 21% will spend upwards of...
  • Vacation Glutton Michelle’s June Jaunt

    07/01/2016 1:42:18 PM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | July 1, 2016 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Over the last 8 years, Michelle Obama has evolved into an exemplary world traveler. Compliments of the struggling U.S. taxpayer, the FLOTUS consistently indulges in at least five or six multi-million dollar vacations per year.In March, if things get boring, Michelle, mother Marian, and daughters Sasha and Malia, either fly solo or use Dad (if he’s not golfing) as an excuse to pamper their weary bones with an all expense paid “working vacation.” Like clockwork, the girl gang jets off to destinations such as Cuba, China, Japan, Qatar, Argentina or Cambodia. Predictably, there’s always a June pre-Martha’s Vineyard vacation where...
  • Real Viking Ship Completes North Atlantic Crossing

    06/30/2016 11:32:36 AM PDT · by Ketill Frostbeard · 44 replies
    GCaptain.com ^ | June 30, 2016 | GCaptain Staff
    The world’s largest viking ship has arrived in North America after crossing the North Atlantic Ocean on a journey from its homeport in Haugesund, Norway. The Viking ship, named Draken Harald Hårfagre, set sail from Norway with its approximately 32 crew members in late April and made stops in Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland, Canada, before making its way through the Saint Lawrence Seaway to Toronto for the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes 2016 festival this weekend. Future stops for the Viking ship include Chicago, Green Bay and Duluth, before heading to U.S. east coast with stops in New York City...
  • Samaritan Billed for Aiding Injured Family [semi-satire]

    06/28/2016 10:17:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 June 2016 | John Semmens
    When Derrick DeAnda helped a family escape from their rolled-over car he was just trying to be a good Samaritan. He didn't expect to be billed $143 by the late-arriving EMTs for "medical care." "I didn't need any 'medical care,'" DeAnda said. "I had one small cut on one of my hands. The EMT gave me a band aid. I can't see how that could possibly cost so much." The bill from Cosumnes Community Services District was described as "standard practice" by Cosumnes Deputy Chief Mike McLaughlin. "If you're at the scene of an accident that we attend you're going...
  • This autonomous, 3D-printed bus starts giving rides in Washington, DC today

    06/21/2016 10:08:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Verge ^ | June 16, 2016 | Tamara Warren
    Local Motors, the Arizona-based automaker that crowdsources vehicle design, has introduced a 3D-printed, autonomous, electric shuttle bus that is partially recyclable called Olli. Local Motors says that it's the first vehicle to use IBM Watson’s car-focused cognitive learning platform, Watson Internet of Things (IoT) for Automotive. It’s a boxy, far-out concept that may be the first of its kind, but that’s the point for a company that isn’t focused only on making vehicles — it’s about remaking the car manufacturing business. If all goes according to plan, Olli will be giving autonomous rides at the company’s introductory event on the...
  • New paper claims that the EM Drive doesn't defy Newton's 3rd law after all

    06/18/2016 6:21:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Science Alert ^ | June 16, 2016 | Fiona MacDonald
    So... it could still get us to Mars in 70 days? Physicists have just published a new paper that suggests the controversial EM drive - or electromagnetic drive - could actually work, and doesn't defy Newton's third law after all. In case you've missed the hype, here's a quick catch-up: a lot of space lovers are freaking out about the EM drive because of claims it could get humans to Mars in just 10 weeks, but just as many are sick of hearing about it, because, on paper at least, it doesn't work within the laws of physics. Despite that...
  • Pima County bans texting while driving

    06/18/2016 6:41:20 AM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    Motorists in Pima County will have to wait to respond to that text message after a ban on texting while driving went into effect this week, giving law enforcement another tool to curb what one Sierra Vista police commander called the most prevalent of the many distractions within a vehicle these days. For years, texting while driving has been one of the most common forms of driver distraction, said Cmdr. Lawrence Boutte of the Sierra Vista Police Department. “We’ve not done any official studies, but every last one of us knows that it takes attention from the road and is...
  • South Africa is a crime-ridden mess – Donald Trump VIDEO

    06/12/2016 7:18:33 AM PDT · by SAT2014 · 14 replies
    South Africa Today ^ | South Africa Today
    Donald Trump is straightforward, direct and brutally honest, a man who weighs up a situation and will give you the facts. Perhaps that is why so many people are afraid. There has been a lot of controversial statements about Trump and his displeasure of immigrants, especially Africans. Not so, Trump has consideration and affection toward other races. In a recent video, Trump said, “look at my African-American over here” and raised decent opinions about the man. Therefore, even though he might appear to have a distinct dislike for Africans, Trump does realize that they too are human. However, I would...
  • Muslim airline more American than our media

    06/11/2016 6:56:17 PM PDT · by JosephW · 21 replies
    Self/vanity | June 12, 2016 | Self
    Just took an Emirates flight from my new home in Perth to Dubai on my way to Florida for business. The flight was great and this article is being posted from my second flight on their free included wifi internet. However that is not the point of this vanity. Their entertainment system is. The first movie I watched was "London has fallen" which was positively fun. The second was 13 Hours about Benghazi. Very disturbing! Trump really needs to do a two hour television buy and show this movie and state that it is complimentary of the Hildabeast. I just...
  • Strikes and protests across France on eve of Euro 2016

    06/09/2016 3:03:34 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    euronews.com ^ | June 9, 2016 | euronews
    The work stoppages have extended to refuse collections. Police removed blockades outside rubbish collection depots around Paris, but workers inside subsequently walked off the job. As rubbish piled up on the streets of several cities one Parisian restaurant owner said: “Customers can smell this rubbish, so they avoid the place. Can you imagine drinking coffee around this stink? They just walk away.” A woman driver said she saw a plague of “huge rats.”
  • The unsexiest trillion-dollar startup

    06/08/2016 12:24:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | June 7, 2016 | Josh Constine
    Steve Jobs went ballistic when public shipping manifests leaked the existence of the iPhone 3G. That’s about the only time something exciting happened in the freight forwarding business. The circulatory system of the global economy is a trillion-dollar industry, yet no one really talks about it, or builds tech for it. That’s what makes freight such a massive disruption opportunity for a startup like Flexport. Transparency begets data, which begets efficiency. Smarter shipping shrinks the physical world the way faster internet shrinks the digital one. New businesses emerge. High bandwidth connections paved the way for Netflix. Now Flexport could make...
  • Thugs Attack Trump Supporters, Mayor Blames Candidate [semi-satire]

    06/04/2016 11:04:27 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 June 2016 | John Semmens
    Attendees of a Donald Trump presidential rally in San Jose, California were set upon and beaten by anti-Trump “protesters” this past week. Mayor Sam Liccardo blamed the candidate. “I personally would never physically attack a political opponent,” Liccardo reassured. “But neither am I ready to absolve Trump for his role in provoking the violence. California was once part of Mexico before it was illegally seized by the United States in 1848. Donald Trump hasn’t denounced this thievery. To the contrary, he has stridently threatened to eject Mexicans who are trying to repatriate this territory.” “San Jose is a sanctuary city,”...
  • It's summer in Arizona. Time to come inside

    06/03/2016 5:22:55 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 35 replies
    latimes.com ^ | June 2 2016 | Nigel Duara
    “It gets unpleasant quickly,”
  • Another sign Apple's electric car is coming

    05/28/2016 5:34:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    ZD Net ^ | May 26, 2016 | Stephanie Condon
    Apple has yet to confirm whether it's investing in its own line of electric vehicles, but Reuters is out with more evidence that Project Titan is underway: The tech giant has reportedly been in talks with charging station companies and has hired at least four electric vehicle charging specialists. Apple has been asking charging station companies about their underlying technology, Reuters reports, for reasons other than providing charging stations for its own employees (which the company already does). Speculation about Apple's electric vehicle project, dubbed Titan, has gone on for months, with reports indicating the company is aiming to ship...
  • RV Road Trip recommendations

    05/25/2016 5:48:41 AM PDT · by Toadman · 63 replies
    Toadman | today | Toadman
    Look for pointers, recommendations for our scheduled road trip.
  • The Polaris MRZR Military ATV Is A Battle-Ready Beauty

    05/23/2016 10:35:42 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies
    maxim.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Dan Carney
    Photo: Polaris ATV and snowmobile specialist Polaris has introduced a true battlefield replacement for the original Jeep, courtesy of it's Polaris Defense division. Like that original soldier's best friend, the turbo diesel MRZR is light, compact and capable of crossing tough terrain, not to mention great looking. By way of comparison, today's Humvee and its upcoming replacement are mammoth vehicles, bloated by mission creep into armored personnel carriers rather than zippy battlefield transportation. Photo: Polaris The MRZR is a return to that original mission. Coming from an ATV background and using a smallish 875 cc twin-cylinder engine, it would...
  • Two Hours in Line... and Other Tales of Unlimited Government

    05/18/2016 5:15:49 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 29 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 17, 2016 AD | John F. Di Leo
    A traveler with a camera filmed a scene at Chicago’s Midway Airport: a three-hour-plus TSA security line that snaked across the terminal, out the door, and around the building… and uploaded it to YouTube. The fury of the day, in an age beset with furies, is therefore an anger directed against the TSA for our often unforgivably-long airport security lines. The DHS secretary even took to the podium to answer complaints, and to assure us that his system is not in fact "a national crisis." Sure, in this case, there was an alleged excuse – Chicago had seen hundreds of...
  • Vanity: Where should I point my car toward?

    05/18/2016 12:12:38 AM PDT · by Samwell Tarly · 117 replies
    Me
    So, here's the story...In less than 72 hours I will be out of my home of... well, a long time. It's been in my family for fifty years. But since my father passed away it's being sold by others and I'm looking for a new place to hang my hat.But during the past several months God has been telling me something, in ways large and small. That being: it's time to get out of this town. Time to step away from your comfort zone. Time to take a leap of faith.So I've packed up my car with the bare essentials...
  • London Mayor Endorses Hillary, Warns against Electing Trump [semi-satire]

    05/14/2016 2:06:05 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 May 2016 | John Semmens
    Recently elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for president and warned that "her Republican opponent's ignorant anti-Muslim views will bring retribution." "The gift of Islam is free for the taking," Khan said. "All are welcome to join the umma. Those who wish to remain unbelievers are free to do so, but they must show proper respect toward the one true religion. Mr. Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from coming to America is disrespectful. Allah has given the world to Muslims. It is not for any unbeliever to say where Muslims may or may not go." Khan predicted...
  • London Buses To Feature ‘Praise Allah’ Ads

    05/10/2016 9:26:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    MRC TV ^ | May 9, 2016 10:33am ET | Dan Joseph
    Following the swearing in of London’s first Muslim mayor, many of the city’s buses will sport advertisements that read “Subhan Allah,” which translates to “Glory be to God.” The paid advertisements are part of a push by England’s largest Islamic charity group, “Islamic Relief,” to help victims of the Syrian war. The ads will run throughout the Muslim holy week of Ramadan. …
  • A mother’s final wish: A family vacation to Marco Island

    05/10/2016 5:15:54 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    naplesnews.com ^ | May 10, 2016 | Sandra Baer
    When Melanie Latulippe, 42, was asked what wish she wanted granted by the Dream Foundation she chose a family vacation on Marco Island. What she got was the perfect vacation and the fact that it coincided with Mother's Day made it even better. "I feel like it's a fairy tale come true," said Latulippe, who was diagnosed with colon cancer two years ago. "I wanted to come here with my husband and sons to just have time for the four of us."
  • Why I’m exiling myself to Berlin

    05/05/2016 12:09:43 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    jewishjournal.com ^ | May The 4th Be With You, 2016 | Orit Arfa
    When I tell people I'm moving to Berlin for the summer, I usually get one of two reactions: 1. Berlin! Such a cool city. I'm jealous! 2. Why? I would never step foot in Germany. Berlin made headlines among Israelis when the "Milky controversy" broke out in 2014. An Israeli Berliner bragged how cheap the cost of living is in Berlin compared to Israel, if grocery receipts are the judge. According to the chocolate pudding index (the Israeli brand being “Milky), the difference is 300 percent. My calculations are not necessarily financial, although I don’t think I could afford living...
  • Interstate 10 Shut Down Mile Post 352-Mile Post 378.

    04/28/2016 4:12:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 44 replies
    Pat Call
    Interstate 10 Shut Down Mile Post 352-Mile Post 378. The Cochise County Sheriff's Office is assisting with closing Interstate 10 both east and west bound lanes near San Simon. The closure is the result of zero visibility and multiple vehicle accidents. Please be advised to avoid this area until further notice. At least one semi-truck has collided with several vehicles, a San Simon Fire Truck and DPS vehicle have been involved in crashes as well. Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office is sending emergency vehicles to assist. DPS is re-routing traffic to Exit 352 through Highway 191 to Safford and back around...
  • Lena Dunham promises to move to Canada if Trump wins

    04/25/2016 10:16:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Hill's In The Know Blog ^ | April 25, 2016 | Caitlin Yilek
    Lena Dunham is the latest celebrity to say she’ll hightail it out of the country if Donald Trump is elected president. “I know a lot of people have been threatening to do this, but I really will,” Dunham told Andy Cohen at the Matrix Awards on Monday. “I know a lovely place in Vancouver and I can get my work done from there.” The star and creator of HBO’s “Girls” has been a prominent supporter of Hillary Clinton. She has campaigned with the Democratic front-runner throughout the 2016 race.
  • Why sailing to the stars has suddenly become a realistic goal

    04/25/2016 2:20:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Space Daily ^ | April 18, 2016 | Monica Grady, The Conversation
    It takes a bold person to declare that interstellar travel is now within our grasp. Physicist Stephen Hawking has shown that he is just that, taking part in the Breakthrough Starshot initiative. The project has announced a $100m research programme to investigate the technology of using light to propel spacecraft out of the solar system to explore neighbouring stars. For the first time in human history, interstellar travel is a realistic and achievable aspiration, and not just the playground of science fiction. So what has changed that makes interstellar travel achievable? First of all, clear expectations. This is not about...
  • Point Roberts (an American city stranded at the tip of a Canadian peninsula)

    04/22/2016 10:17:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 58 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | April 22, 2016
    The Convention of 1818 between Britain and America following the War of 1812 had a tough job to take on: determining the border between Canada and the United States. In an effort to avoid controversy and confusion caused by drawing the boundary based on watershed, the two countries agreed on a simpler solution: the 49th parallel. There were, of course, multiple problems that arose with this solution, including the fact that Vancouver Island was split in two by the imaginary line. The debate over whether the line of latitude should split the island in two or if it should be ignored,...
  • What the media didn’t tell you about Muslim student kicked off Southwest Airlines

    04/21/2016 5:31:51 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 34 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | April 21, 2016 | Shoebat Foundation
    [Original title too long: What the media didn’t tell you about Arabic-speaking Muslim student who got kicked off Southwest Airlines] The mainstream media went ballistic after learning that an Iraqi student was removed from a flight after an alleged ‘Islamophobic’ woman reported him because she heard him speaking Arabic. Left wing pundits and Muslim advocacy groups demanded to know why “speaking Arabic” is a reason to remove someone from a plane and were calling for boycotts of Southwest Airlines. What the media conveniently left out is that the (see-something-say-something) woman is a native Arabic speaker and said he was talking...
  • Inspectors Delay Cuba Cruise Brand's Test Trip (SJW cruises)

    04/20/2016 7:11:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Maritime Executive ^ | April 12, 2016 | Staff
    The 700-passenger cruise vessel Adonia, operated by the new Carnival Group "social impact" Cuba travel brand Fathom, has been prohibited from departing on its first cruise due to inoperable fire doors, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement Tuesday. The Adonia was to leave Sunday for its first weeklong trial cruise to the Dominican Republic, but a Coast Guard inspection found that 30 fire doors tested inoperable. A USCG spokesman told Cruise Critic that the agency was working with Carnival to get the problem corrected before Adonia sails. "The cruise ship failed several portions of the [inspection] ....
  • Revolutionary steel treatment paves the way for radically lighter, stronger, cheaper cars

    04/18/2016 12:15:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    GizMag ^ | December 10, 2015 | Loz Blain
    Back in 2011, we wrote about a fascinating new way to heat-treat regular, cheap steel to endow it with an almost miraculous blend of characteristics. Radically cheaper, quicker and less energy-intensive to produce, Flash Bainite is stronger than titanium by weight, and ductile enough to be pressed into shape while cold without thinning or cracking. It's now being tested by three of the world's five largest car manufacturers, who are finding they can produce thinner structural car components that are between 30-50 percent lighter and cheaper than the steel they've been using, while maintaining the same performance is crash tests....
  • Air France to Stewardesses on Iran Route: ‘Outside the Bedroom, Women Must Wear a Scarf...

    04/04/2016 10:10:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 3, 2016 | Patrick Goodenough
    The French women’s rights minister, already under fire for provocative comments relating to Islamic dress for women, is now caught between Air France management and unions in a row over a requirement that air hostesses wear headscarves when the airline renews flights to Iran this month. Following the easing of sanctions under the nuclear deal, Air France is resuming three weekly flights from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris to Tehran on April 17 after an eight-year suspension. And management of the airline want female flight attendants to comply with Iranian modesty norms. The unions are incensed over a management...
  • DHS Secretary Says Illegal Aliens Are "in Effect" US Citizens [semi-satire]

    04/04/2016 10:44:48 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 3 Apr 2016 | John Semmens
    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson dismissed the possibility of deporting those entering the country illegally as "impractical. For all intents and purposes the 11 million already residing here are, in effect, US citizens." Johnson also expressed his distaste at deporting alien criminals on the grounds that "it would be both cruel and unusual. The home countries to which they would be deported are already suffering under crime rates far higher than we have here in the United States. Even if letting them stay here raises our crime rates it seems to me that this would provide for a...
  • Disneyland worker found dead in haunted house

    04/04/2016 10:34:50 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 63 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | April 04, 2016 | SkyNews
    Police are investigating after a member of staff at Disneyland Paris was reportedly found dead in the theme park's haunted house. The 45-year-old technician is thought to have been electrocuted in the Phantom Manor on Saturday morning between 8am and 9am, just before the park opened to the public. The employee is believed to have been working on lighting at the attraction, which was immediately closed. The ride features zombies, a ghostly dog and a skeletal bride and promises to turn visitors' stomachs with a series of "ghastly goings-on".
  • First Stop for the Hyperloop? Slovakia.

    03/30/2016 5:24:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Gear Patrol ^ | March 30, 2016 | Tucker Bowe
    Vienna to Bratislava in 8 Minutes In 2013, Elon Musk’s SpaceX revealed the concept for a high-speed ground-transport system, dubbed the Hyperloop, which would travel around 700 mph and deliver passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 35 minutes. The idea: to create a faster, cheaper, safer and more environmentally conscious transit option — one in which pods travel through tubes with near-zero air pressure, and which is eons ahead of the hell that is Interstate 5. Three years later, however, the California Hyperloop is still a far cry from coming to fruition: SpaceX is currently holding an...
  • Singapore’s Midlife Crisis

    03/28/2016 3:33:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    City Journal ^ | March 27, 2016 | Joel Kotkin
    The still-booming city-state looks to the future with some foreboding. Lee Kwan Yew, one of the great political architects of our time, died a year ago, but the regime he established in Singapore remains entrenched in power. In fact, the parliamentary elections last year—to the surprise and consternation of Lee’s critics—enlarged his People’s Action Party (PAP) majority in Parliament from a record low of 60 percent to close to 70 percent. Despite talk of a “new normal” defined by more competitive politics, the city-state’s norms remain very much as they have been for the better part of a half century....
  • Scientist Reveals Propulsion Technology That Could Blast Probe To Mars In 30 Minutes

    03/24/2016 2:41:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Headlines & Global News ^ | February 29, 2016 | Chris Loterina
    The travel time from Earth to Mars using current space flight technologies is estimated to be 9 months. Last week, an innovative concept was proposed which claims to reduce the time that will be spent for Mars travel to merely three days through so-called photonic propulsion technology. But a new proposal threatens to radically shorten this period to an astounding 30 minutes. The idea was revealed by Phillip Lubin, who is a physics professor at the University of California Santa Barbara. Lubin was also responsible for the photonic propulsion technology proposal. This time, however, he identified the use of high-powered...
  • Dyson developing an electric car, according to government documents

    03/24/2016 2:10:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | March 23, 2016 | Adam Vaughan and Damian Carrington
    Dyson is developing an electric car at its headquarters in Wiltshire with help from public money, according to government documents. The company, which makes a range of products that utilise the sort of highly efficient motors needed for an electric car such as vacuum cleaners, hand dryers and bladeless fans, last year refused to rule out rumours it was building one. But on Wednesday, the government appeared to have accidentally disclosed Dyson is working on one, along with other big companies outside of the automotive industry, such as Apple. "The government is funding Dyson to develop a new battery electric...
  • Watch: Plane crashes in Russia, all 62 on board killed

    03/19/2016 12:38:10 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    timesofmalta.com ^ | March 19, 2016 | timesofmalta
    All 62 people aboard a passenger jet flying from Dubai to southern Russia were killed when their plane crashed on its second attempt to land at Rostov-on-Don airport this morning, Russian officials said. Russia's emergencies ministry said the aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 operated by Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai, crashed. Most of those aboard were Russian. "The aircraft hit the ground and broke into pieces," the Investigative Committee of Russia said in a statement on its website. "According to preliminary data, there were 55 passengers aboard and seven crew members. They all died." The plane's wing hit the ground on its...
  • Three Wheels & Two Seats: Will the 3D Printed Urbee 2 Be Your Car of the Future?

    03/15/2016 1:50:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    3D Print ^ | March 14, 2016 | Bridget Butler Millsaps
    We've come a long, long way from the Model T. And if you think about it, our cars play a huge part in the journeys of our lives. I can still remember how my grandparents' dark gray Lincoln smelled back in the '70s, and almost feel those deliciously warm seats, heated from warm Florida days with the windows rolled down (with cigarette smoke wafting out, no doubt). I loved being dropped off for a weekend at their house, with my dad flying through their neighborhood (no worries about seat belts, kids!) to deliver me in our family station wagon, seemingly...
  • Boyfriend arrested after Missouri woman found dead in Mexico

    03/07/2016 12:06:56 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | March 07, 2016 | foxnews
    An American man has been arrested in connection with the death of his girlfriend in a Mexican resort town, the country's federal police said Sunday. The suspect was identified by Mexican authorities as 59-year-old John Loveless. His hometown was not given. A police statement said Loveless was detained at the Cancun airport before he was to board a flight to Atlanta.
  • To Flee Donald Trump’s America, You Will Need the Right Documents

    03/02/2016 11:27:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Powerline ^ | March 2, 2016 | John Hinderaker
    The New York Daily News is a viciously left-wing newspaper that carries a special grudge against Donald Trump. It therefore offers its readers a complete guide to fleeing President Trump's America. So how does a Trump foe make the big move to more progressive pastures in 2016? And of all the Trump-free countries, which is best for a soon-to-be-expat? The Daily News rates five top prospects for emigration, beginning with Singapore: As a bonus, Singapore boasts the No. 1 most efficient health care system in the world, as rated by Bloomberg. The U.S. ranks at No. 44, and could dip...
  • Mandolin Instrumental Old Songs

    03/01/2016 12:08:58 PM PST · by Revski · 3 replies
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 3/1/16 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    Instrumental songs, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart", written by Leo Friedman, and lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson, and "The Tennessee Waltz" a country music song with lyrics by Redd Stewart and music by Pee Wee King written in 1946 and first released in January 1948, This pleasant, beautiful song, God Be With You Till We Meet Again, written by William G. Tomer, with sing along lyrics. The mandolin music by me, o7jimmy.
  • DOJ Tries to Nix State Requirement of Proof of Citizenship to Vote [semi-satire]

    02/29/2016 9:54:08 AM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Feb 2016 | John Semmens
    The US Department of Justice joined with plaintiffs suing to prohibit the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) from allowing states to include proof of citizenship on voter registration forms. Further, the DOJ barred the EAC from hiring lawyers to defend the agency in the lawsuit. Bowing to provisions in Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution, the Tenth Amendment, and the Seventeenth Amendment, the EAC consented to permit states to regulate voter eligibility in their jurisdiction. The League of Women Voters objected and filed suit demanding a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order, arguing that "requiring proof of citizenship presents...
  • Clinton Contrasts Immigration Stance with Rivals [semi-satire]

    02/28/2016 10:10:03 AM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Feb 2016 | John Semmens
    Eyeing the Latino vote, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sought to distinguish herself from both fellow Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders and GOP front-runner Donald Trump by taking a pro-illegal immigrant stance. "To those swayed by Trump's plan to build a wall to keep Mexicans from coming to America I would like to know 'who will clean our homes and mow our lawns?'" she asked. "These are the jobs that Trump and Sanders want to reserve for Americans. But do Americans really want these jobs, even at $15 an hour?" Clinton professed to "understand the GOP's racist desire to block...